Ben Milpas / MSF
Photo: Mothers and their children at a maternity ward, Ngilima health center. November 24, 2011
Democratic Republic of Congo: Condition Still Critical by Medecins sans Frontieres.
"Decades of conflict and a lack of government investment have made it hard for people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to access basic healthcare. Epidemics have spread unchecked and treatment of deadly diseases has been neglected. The eastern DRC context is still volatile, marked by shifting alliances between armed groups, ongoing military operations, instability, insecurity, banditry, and violence. Attacks against civilians and aid organisations are rising, making both the population and humanitarian aid workers increasingly vulnerable. Rape, murder, kidnapping, and random acts of violence are daily occurrences for millions of people. The ability of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to provide free and lifesaving healthcare is at times limited by this instability, which continues to push people from their homes."
November 18, 2011